We purchased our home and it had been neglected paint wise for some time. Knowing that we needed a top notch paint and prep job, off we went to search. My husband and I met and received offers from over 5 different painting companies; and yes, we found Eric Levinson Painting right here on the net. What a find!! Eric came out and really told us what needed to happen with the home. Knowing a bit about homes, we knew he was right on, and really, the only painting contractor that priced the job to match the quality of what we expected. After signing on with Eric's company, the process went exactly as he explained. The prep work our house received will no doubt last for several years. His brother is an excellent painter as well and they are both amazingly kind, honest gentlemen. We had to take a trip in the middle of our job and both of us forgot to set up someone to take out the trash and recycling. Low and behold I come home to no trash or recycling because they thought to take it out. All I have to say is that this has nothing to do with the amazing paint job we received, but it speaks volumes as to the character of the painters. Thanks again Eric for our amazing finished product. The neighbors are all jealous.
1513 Oakboro DrRaleigh, NC 27614
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My house is a multi-story, cedar wood exterior that is more than 25 years old. Don and the Paint Company refurbished and repainted the entire exterior in April 2015. The price was competitive with other bids, and the quality of work was exceptional. More importantly, where damaged sills, door frames, and siding were encountered, his team had a method and process to efficiently and cost effectively deal with these issues without requiring replacement of the entire windows or doors with the damaged frames. The result was that having the Paint Company work on my home was more cost effective than would have been the case with several of his competitors that I investigated prior to having this work completed. I additionally note the fact that his team has worked together with him for an extended time and were both careful with and caring of their work, which aided in the quality of the final result. Don reviewed completion each part of the activity by personal inspect to insure satisfaction.
I got proposals from 5 painters and decided on Eric Levinson Painting co. to paint the interior walls in our north Raleigh house. I am glad I did, his prices were reasonable. His painters are for sure American craftsman painters like his website says. We have lived her in Raleigh a long time and have hired several painters over the years. None of them were even close to being as skilled as Eric and his painters are. We are excited out our new look and the home looks better than I could have imagined! I will call Eric from now on when we need painting services. Thank you again, Eric BR. Raleigh
I got this painting referral from a close friend that had used this company in the past numerous times. This was a blessing! The company is family owned(since 1957) by Doug Jones. He and his men were so professional, courteous and just a pleasure to have in the house. This company goes the extra mile and covers all surfaces and all prep work was done before paint which is so important. I have recommended Doug and his men to all my friends. Thanks for all the help and outstanding paint job! I will be calling on them to paint my exterior next spring. J Williams
Eric and his brother Mark did a fantastic job of painting our home in Raleigh. Our ceilings and plaster walls needed considerable patching and repair, and they spent a great deal of time preparing the surfaces before they began painting. The result are beautiful, and the rooms now look fresh and inviting. Eric took the time to explain our options, and kept us updated on their progress when we were out of town. They left the floors cleaner than they were before the work began. Eric is truly a professional, and I highly recommend Eric Levinson Painting Company.
My experience was fantastic. Bruce was very knowledgeable on all the products Sherwin Williams had to offer. We went over all the sheens and paints and helped me pick the right paint for me and my family. Susie was great at answering all my questions and Chad kept a eye on things while the job was being done. The crew was super nice and friendly and my 3 year old was able to take a nap while the project was being done. I would highly recommend Five Star Painting to anyone in need of painting.
Dennis Of Robertsons Painting just finished painting my house, I was very impressed with the outcome of the job, All details of work was met. And the dealine was also achieved. I would recommened Robertson Painting to any one who wan'st a company that provides good service at a very reasonall price without cutting corners. My wife can not stop inviting her friends over the house to show off all the new colors, and renewed life of our house i give Robetson Painting 5 stars they are the best!.
They charge less than anybody. All others cost an arm and a leg to get a room painted. Those guys are the best when it comes to price. You can't beat their price. And the painting job is the best. Just be sure to ask the boss for Sue and Sam to do the painting. What amazing people! They don't waste a minute. They love their job and they do it perfectly. I plan on hiring nobody BUT Sue and Sam and I always go with Happy Home Painting. I am very pleased, deeply impressed.
I had contacted Color Masters to come and do an estimate and paint the interior of my home. I had a specific color scheme in mind to match my decor, and they did everything to accomidate me, from the time they came by to do the estimate, until the finished product. They were very professional, courteous and helpful. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a good quality painter.
Happy home has been a good company for us. We use them for our cleaning service. Inevitably, we cause damage from time to time to customers homes while cleaning. They have been spot in as far as being available and capable of doing the job be it a wall paint touch up, electrical work or handyman stuff like resetting a towel rack or curtain rod. I really couldn't ask for a better price too.
Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.
Types of Interior Paint
Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.
Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.
Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.
Types of Exterior Paint
Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.
Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.
Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.
Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.
Hiring a Painter
When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.
The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.
The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by-12 foot room.
The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.
If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.
Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:
1. Do you have insurance?
It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.
2. Do you have a warranty?
Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.
3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?
You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.
Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign.
4. What kind of training do your employees receive?
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
5. What kind of paint will you use?
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?
A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
- Whether they had issues with the crew
- If the painters were messy or neat
- How the paint has held up since the project was completed
7. How much wall prep is included in the price?
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?
Community involvement shows the company:
- Is established and well-known
- Cares about its customers
- Is confident in their work
Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.
Trade Organizations for Painters
If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.
American Coatings Association
The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.
Finishing Contractors Association
The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.